Monday, May 19, 2008

Sharpe, Matthew. "Review of Robert Sinnerbrink's UNDERSTANDING HEGELIANISM." PARRHESIA 4 (2008): 81-83.

Sinnerbrink, Robert. Understanding Hegelianism. Chesham: Acumen, 2007. Robert Sinnerbrink comments in the conclusion of Understanding Hegelianism that it might facetiously be said that Continental European Philosophy over the last two centuries has been so many footnotes to Hegel. In Kierkegaardian spirit, the reader of Sinnerbrink’s Understanding Hegelianism might respond that all this says is that the truth must evidently be facetious. For Sinnerbrink’s Understanding Hegelianism certainly makes a strong case for the looming, and luminous, importance of Hegel. Despite belonging to an introductory Acumen series (Understanding Movements in Modern Thought), Understanding Hegelianism covers a formidable itinerary of thinkers: from Hegel himself (no minor thinker), via the Young and Right Hegelians, through critical theory, phenomenology, existentialism, and post-structuralism. In line with the book’s introductory vocation, Sinnerbrink’s accounts of these philosophies and their key figures are generally admirably clear and precise. Undergraduate students as well as more seasoned readers will, properly, be challenged by parts of this book. This is not because of any shortcomings of Understanding Hegelianism. It is because of the generic complexity of the ideas the book introduces (for instance, Adorno’s negative dialectics, Deleuze’s philosophy of difference, not to mention Hegel’s ‘Hegelianism’ itself). . . . Read the rest here:

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